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Studio Lighting for Photography class

As I mentioned in passing in my last post, this past Saturday (November 2nd), I drove up to Long Beach for Wendy Levin's "Studio Lighting" class at D.M. Gremlin Studios. The models were Merrique and Hourglass (NOTE: links go to NSFW deviantArt profile pages, although any photos tagged 'mature' won't display unless you have an account and are logged in). The class lasted 8 hours, 10am to 6pm—however, although the students (five of us) and the instructor were there for the whole 8 hours, the models were only there for 4 hours each: Merrique from 10 to 2 and Hourglass from 2 to 6.

The class was incredible! I went in with a very rudimentary understanding of studio lighting, but I learned enough in that class to begin to feel as if I have a basic grasp of the subject. Coming from a place of "Yeah, lights are those bright things you turn on and point at your subject", now I feel like I know at least a little bit about:

  1. when, where, and how to use soft-boxes, and what kinds are good for different applications;
  2. how to place accent lights, and how bright to make them, for specific effects;
  3. focusing and narrowing light using specialized soft-boxes and light grids;
  4. the use of colored gels;
  5. how different kinds of light interact with wardrobe, props, sets, and models;
  6. when to use deliberate over-exposure and under-exposure to achieve specific effects;
  7. how and where to use fill-light and side-lighting to either soften or strengthen shadows;
  8. sillhouetting techniques;

and probably more that I'm just not thinking of right now. It was a chock-full class, and I snapped around 450 images over the course of the day. It would have been more if there hadn't been the issue of seven people in one rather small studio space. We tended to get in each other's way at times. In fact, there was one particular shot that I really wanted to get, but first one guy stepped in front of my camera, then another guy stepped in front of my camera, and then the model changed poses, so I ended up not getting it. The model tried to go back to it, but it wasn't quite the same. Ah, well. I did get a lot of good images, so I'm not really complaining.

If you want to see some of the images I took at this class, I'll be posting them to my deviantArt account over the next few days. However, in order to see them, you have to have a deviantArt account yourself and be logged in. An account is free, though, and I can say from experience that dA is very good about not emailing you if you bloody well don't want to be emailed.


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Nov. 6th, 2013 11:05 am (UTC)
Sounds very interesting!
Nov. 6th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
It was. And a lot of fun, too.
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